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Making Healthy Choices For Your Dog

Jul 22, 2008
Being a dog owner is a job with many responsibilities, an important one being choosing the idea diet for the dog. If the decision is to go with a commercial dog food brand, then it is imperative to read the ingredients label. The first and largest ingredient in the food has to be a form of protein, of which chicken, beef, lamb are good sources. A well-balanced dog food comprises of 50% meat with vegetables following closely at 40% and the remaining 10% from grains.

One must watch for the preservatives contained in many commercial dog food products. Quite a few of these preservatives are known to be very dangerous, and sometimes sometimes deadly to your dog if consumed in mass quantities. Ask your local vet, or visit any healthy dog web site to be sure you are not endangering your best friend in any way.

There is no dearth of pet stores or supermarkets that showcase aisles of high quality dog food. Before you fill your trolley up, ask a lot of questions. Most salespersons are trained to address specific customer queries and are eager to assist. To seem less suspicious, you could always start by making a positive enquiry about health products on the market for dogs and consider their recommendations. By looking for a products that is good for your dog rather than eliminating products that are bad, the chances are that you will have a happy and healthy pet by your side.

Perhaps you are one of those who like to cook their own food and come up with your own version of gourmet dog food. It is indeed an excellent idea to put the meat, vegetables and grain together on your own stove and there are enough dog food recipes available on the internet for added inspiration. But remember, these ingredients have to remain in the same meat-vegetable-grain ratio of 50-40-10 as the readymade dog food products. The meat needs to be cooked thoroughly, as also the rice, oatmeal and grains.

Many dog owners take a decision to keep their dogs on a vegetarian diet which most experts say is acceptable. However, dogs are essentially carnivorous animals and need meat in their diet to be their healthiest selves. Eating meat regularly keeps a dog in good spirits. A dog who has to eat only vegetarian food might become bored and turn into a picky eater.

You also need to watch for signs of a multitude of dog food allergies. A few of these signs are: Itchy skin, ear infections that seem continual, hair loss, Increase in bowel movements, and constant itching. You would be wise to watch for these signs

After fixing the ration of nutrition in the dog's diet, it is time to experiment. A dog's food should not be seasoned but variety is always possible. There are some foods that should be completely avoided in the interest of the dog's health, like garlic, avocados, grapes, mushrooms, raisins and chocolate.

You dog's cuisine is only limited by your imagination. And there are countless ways to give your dog a loving treat - by checking labels of the commercial brands, or making a special dish at home that is completely organic and balance. A happy dog is always a well-fed dog and monitoring the dog's diet will ensure many years of shared happiness between you and your animal companion.
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